Established in 2011, Solent NHS Trust is a leading provider of community and mental health services, with a top performing and award winning Academy of Research and Improvement. The 4,900 talented people at the Heart of Solent share an ambitious vision to keep more people healthy, safe and independent at, or close to, home.
Rated as ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission, with ‘Outstanding’ in caring, Solent NHS Trust has a strong learning and improvement culture and is striving to be an ‘Outstanding’ organisation. The Trust’s clear and ambitious vision and the active role they take in joining up, and shaping, future care were recently cited by the inspection team as examples of ‘outstanding’ practice.
Solent NHS Trust really is a great place to work. For three years in a row, the Trust have seen an improvement in their NHS Staff Survey results, and their 2018 results saw them as ‘best in class’ nationally in the combined Community, Mental Health and Learning Disability trust class. The Trust continues to invest heavily in creating an environment in which everybody counts, where people feel engaged in their work and motivated to deliver the very best care, embedding their HEART values throughout.
Solent NHS Trust believe that the future is one of local, integrated services, working as a care system. The Board place great emphasis on working with other organisations in joining up, and shaping, future care and play an active role in the development of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP), and in the development of the local integrated care partnerships.
There is a vacancy for a Non-executive Director (NED) at Solent NHS Trust. This is an exceptional opportunity to share your talents and expertise to make a positive difference to the lives of people served by the Trust.
You will need to have a genuine commitment to patients and the promotion of excellent health care services. We are looking for someone who has clinical experience gained from medical, nursing, allied disciplines or social care experience at a senior level. You will need to have a passion for delivering excellent patient experience, a commitment to patient safety, a desire to make improvements and an orientation to working collaboratively.
You will need to be able to demonstrate you can use your experience to:
- work alongside other non-executives and executive colleagues as an equal member of the board
- bring independence, external perspectives, skills and challenge to strategy development
- hold the executive to account by providing purposeful, constructive scrutiny and challenge
- shape and actively support a healthy culture for the trust
All non-executive directors must champion the standards of public life – by upholding the highest standards of conduct and displaying the principles of selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty, and leadership.
As a future NHS leader, the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the range of behaviours required to contribute effectively in this board level role. These are outlined in the NHS Leadership Academy’s Healthcare Leadership Model.
Applicants should live in or have strong connections with Southampton, Portsmouth or wider Hampshire.
We value and promote diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity for all and appointments made on merit. We believe that the best boards are those that reflect the communities they serve.
We particularly welcome applications from women, people from the local black and minority ethnic communities, and disabled people who we know are under-represented in chair and non-executive roles.
Our recruitment processes are conducted in accordance with the Code of Governance to ensure that they are made on merit after a fair and open process so that the best people, from the widest possible pool of candidates, are appointed.
Closing date for receipt of applications - 1 October 2019 at 11am
Preliminary interviews - w/c 7 October 2019. Long-listed candidates will be invited for a preliminary interview with Carmel Gibbons, Head of Healthcare from Odgers Berndtson. To facilitate this, we will share your application with Odgers Berndtson. Feedback from these interviews will be given to the panel
Interview date - end October 2019 (tbc). This will also include carousel interviews involving different stakeholder groups and feedback will be given to the panel
Proposed start date - this post is to commence 1 April 2020
Find out more
Odgers Berndtson are helping us to identify potential candidates, if you would like a confidential discussion about the role contact Carmel Gibbons on 020 7529 6314.
Solent NHS Trust - following an initial conversation with Odgers Berndtson, the Chair of the Trust, Catherine Mason can be available for an informal discussion if required.
NHS Improvement – for general enquiries contact Miriam Walker on 0300 123 2059 or by emailing
How to apply
Please forward your completed application to NHSI.Chairsandneds@nhs.net